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Low heath-like evergreen shrubs, similar to Cassiope, the leaves imbricated in many ranks, the nodding flowers solitary at the ends of the branches. Sepals 5, imbricated in the bud, not bracted, persistent; corolla campanulate, vertically plaited at the base, deeply 5-cleft, its lobes overlapping. Stamens 10, included; anthers in 2 planes, their sacs awned just below the apex, opening by terminal pores. Ovary 5-celled; style short, stout; ovules numerous. Capsule globose, many-seeded, the numerous seeds oblong. [In honor of Edward H. Harriman, American financier and patron of science.]
Two species, of arctic and subarctic regions. Type species: Harrimanella Stelleriana (Pall.) Coville.
Journ. 17: 157. 1834. Harrimanella hypnoides Coville, Proc. Wash.
Acad. Sci. 3: 575. 1901.
Densely tufted, glabrous, usually much branched, 1'-4 1/2' high. Leaves linear-subulate, densely crowded and imbricated, somewhat spreading or appressed, acute, flat above, convex beneath, 1"-2" long; flowers 3"-4" broad; peduncles very slender, erect, 4"-12" long; corolla nearly white; style conic; capsule about 1 1/2" .in diameter, 2-3 times as long as the ovate calyx-lobes.
Summits of the higher mountains of New England and the Adirondacks of New York; Lake Superior; Quebec and Labrador to arctic America. Also in arctic Europe and Asia. Plant with the aspect of a moss. Moss-bush. Summer.